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Favorite Korean Drinks


The weather is currently teetering between sunny days and cool nights so I wanted to grab the opportunity to share with you some of my favorite ways to hydrate, Korean style

.  Lightly sweet and refreshing.  I love the texture that the floating grains of rice takes.

Banana milk.  This boomed in the time when many were suffering from malnutrition and bananas were considered a luxury item back in the 70’s in Korea.  This, paired along with the fact that kids went bananas over this celebrity-endorsed {think the “got milk?” campaign) concoction that some even consider to be the national drink of choice, what can one do but sheepishly shrug at the sugar high aftermath?

Confession #424, I have no idea who those celebrities are and “milk” in Korean is one of my favorite words to say: ooh-yoo!

Citron {yuzu} tea, served hot or cold.  Thin citrus fruit that tastes tart like a grapefruit, preserved in honey.  It’s the Korean version of the orange juice treatment for colds.  As a bonus, there are bits of candied fruit running throughout it and can double as a sweet and tart jam.

.  Long having been a staple in my household, I drink this as fluidly as water.  A warm bronze in color, it tastes clean and nutty and can be served hot or cold.

Bacchus.  The original (not red bull).  It’s marketed as a hybrid drink to cure both hangovers and fatigue.  Disclaimer: I don’t actually drink this but I remember daddy downing these on those long weeks when he was pulling 2 or 3 jobs to support us.  The smell always makes me think of him and that’s why it’s part of my “favorites” list.

Roasted grain powder drink, a healthful blend of barley, millet, soybeans, sesame seeds, rice, etc.  Mama would whirl spoonfuls of this with milk and sweeten with honey for us as kids.  I remember oohing at the beige liquid tornado that it would create when she would mix it.  Good times

Crushed pear juice.  Exactly what it sounds like but made with Asian pears.  As you slurp it down, you get nibbles of the fruit.

Milkis.  What I would consider the Korean version of an Italian cream soda.  Creamy and effervescent, available in fun flavors like melon or mango.

Which one would you try?


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